Still Sharing with Screenshots?

Consider what’s needed to transform data for downstream teams during product design. Sharing information between cross-functional teams uncovers significant challenges to collaboration, impacting budgets and timelines. Vertex enables anyone to view, work with, and share massive design data sets from any device. Our customers access high fidelity images that are 100 percent aligned with product data - no data transformation needed.

Let’s compare today’s workflow compared to Vertex’s capabilities. In this example, a manufacturing company is adjusting the design of a vehicle transmission to improve fuel economy and prolong the time between failures.

Today's Story

  1. Engineering design teams begin the work of designing the new transmission in their preferred CAD and PLM system.

  2. Engineering has to share their designs with procurement to identify the best suppliers for the job while gaining valuable innovation insights. Data sharing can happen a variety of ways, but most frequently engineers have to strip files, upload to FTP sites, take screenshots, or perform data transformation. All in, engineering spends 20 percent of their week on this admin work.

  3. In some cases, engineering may share designs with a data transformation team. During data transformation, an individual will convert models, strip IP, and reduce data structures. This process can take upwards of 18 hours.

  4. The engineering team provides the transformed data back to procurement teams. In some cases, the product fails to match an original design and the team has to perform additional transformation activities, repeating steps 2 and 3.

  5. Finally, procurement provides the stripped information to the supplier. Procurement may also need to send additional comments or instructions with screenshots from engineering.

  6. Once in a supplier’s hand, they may wait upwards of 30 minutes to simply load the model data.

  7. Suppliers create their designs and undergo similar data administration and transformation processes to share information with procurement team.

  8. This cumbersome, complicated process continues until a design is finally finished.

Vertex Story

  1. Engineering design teams begin the work of designing the new transmission in their preferred CAD and PLM system.

  2. Engineering has to share their designs with procurement to identify the best suppliers for the job while gaining valuable innovative insights. Engineering easily uploads their 3D model into a Vertex Workspace within minutes. Procurement can immediately access models.

  3. Engineering or procurement easily sets the required view to eliminate IP and provide meaningful context to the suppliers. The team captures markup, makes comments, adds dimensions, cross-sections selected components, and marks measurement in a Snapshot. Without the need for data transformation and the processing speed available in Vertex, this takes just under 20 minutes.

  4. Engineering and procurement teams easily bundle their different Snapshots into a Story to share with the supplier, no special hardware or software needed.

  5. Suppliers quickly open the Vertex Story to understand product requirements and pass their design back to the manufacturer just as easily. If the engineering team uploads a new model version, the affected geometry within the Story will automatically update without losing comments or markup.

With Vertex your work is already done!

See The Whole Story

Manufacturing companies have a deluge of technology options that can support digital transformation initiatives. But without a clear strategy, companies can get stuck at the planning stage. At Vertex, we’ve found that companies can find transformation success with a targeted by identifying a starting point with low overhead that creates meaningful impact.

By integrating a platform like Vertex to simplify or eliminate data transformation, manufacturing teams can significantly shorten cycles, engage with suppliers earlier, develop more collaborative relationships, and keep overhead costs low.

  • Regain Hours

    Regain hours of lost time by eliminating data transformation administration.

  • Gain Insight

    Gain insight into suppliers to channel innovation.

  • Move Faster

    Move faster without losing valuable collaboration with suppliers.

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